Weekend box office: Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into the top spot
There’s a lot to get from the performance of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at the weekend box office. With over $125 million opening, the film marks the second highest opening for a Spidey film, just falling short of SPIDER-MAN 3’s $151 million opening. But it’s a resurgence after the $91 million opening of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. But I suspect Homecoming might beat all Spidey films when it comes to lifetime domestic gross because a Spidey film hasn’t gotten this much praise since SPIDER-MAN 2. But Homecoming has the advantage of not having any superhero competition until Thanksgiving. But on a grander scale, I wonder how Fox is reacting to this opening and I’m curious if they’re slowly becoming more and more open to entering into a partnership with Marvel, similar to what Sony did. To put things in perspective, no X-Men movie has opened with more than $102 million and that was 11 years ago. A fanboy can dream, can’t he? Either way, this is a nice victory for Sony and Marvel and it’s exciting to see Spider-Man in the Marvel universe, proving once again that the Marvel formula clearly works.
I imagine that SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING will take the top spot next weekend as well, but it might have some competition from WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. The third film in the latest Apes trilogy is getting good word of mouth and should open between the $50 and $70 million that the first two films opened with. I don’t think that will be enough to beat Spider-Man, as I’m expecting it will hold a generous portion of its audience. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming $126.2m
2. Despicable Me 3 $37.3m
3. Baby Driver $13m
4. Wonder Woman $9.9m
5. Transformers: The Last Knight $6.1m
6. Cars 3 $5.6m
7. The House $4.7m
8. The Big Sick $3.3m
9. 47 Meters Down $2.6m
10. The Beguiled $2.1m